Royal Rumble Match: Randy Orton wins the Royal Rumble eliminating Roman Reigns
The Viper is back in the main event picture after winning a fun Royal Rumble with a number of amazing moments. From Jack Gallagher jumping off the top with an open umbrella, Baron Corbin shockingly eliminating Braun Strowman, Luke Harper turning on Bray Wyatt, Lesnar getting eliminated by Goldberg in quick fashion, to the Goldberg/Undertaker confrontation, what the match lacked in surprise entrants was made up for in theatrics. Once the match got down to the final four of Orton, Wyatt, Jericho, & Reigns, Jericho was the first to go via Reigns’ Superman Punch, followed by Wyatt being eliminated by Reigns. But, just when you thought we were on the verge of an Alamodome revolt, with Reigns winning for the second time in three years, Randy Orton hit an RKO and threw Reigns over the top.
The match was hurt slightly by the lack real surprise entrants and overall befuddlement at the inclusion of Roman Reigns at #30. As you know we’re not generally part of the crowd who consistently dumps all over Reigns’ in-ring ability here at CDW, but his entrance as the 30th competitor was an odd choice after the last two years of backlash directed at “The Big Dog” following his 2015 Royal Rumble win. If it were a troll job to set up Reigns turning into a black hat, I’d be more on board, but the refusal to move Cena from his “Never Give Up”/superhero persona has me skeptical if they’d ever pull the trigger on Reigns either.
Looking ahead, Randy Orton will now challenge whoever emerges from the Elimination Chamber as WWE World Champion. Leaders in the clubhouse are either John Cena (the new champion), AJ Styles (the former champion), or Bray Wyatt (the logical choice based on storylines). There were several other potential WrestleMania matches hinted at during the Rumble including, The Undertaker versus Roman Reigns, The Undertaker versus Goldberg, and Goldberg versus Brock Lesnar. We will surely find out what direction they are heading in the coming weeks.
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Finn Balor Skyrockets to the SummerSlam Main Event – WWE
Talk about strapping a rocket to someone’s back. Last night on Raw, Finn Balor survived a fatal four way against Kevin Owens, Rusev & Cesaro AND the Raw main event against Roman Reigns to punch his ticket into a SummerSlam main event match against Seth Rollins to crown the first WWE Universal Champion, Raw’s new top prize.
Sasha Banks Wins Women’s Championship – WWE
In another unexpected turn, Sasha Banks captured the WWE Women’s Championship from Charlotte in a barn burner of a match that was presumed to be taking place at SummerSlam. Congrats to the Boss!
Lucha Underground Future Seasons Update – PW Insider
With season 2 just wrapped, the third season is set to hit airwaves later this year. As far as future seasons go, season 4 is looking to begin filming late fall\early winter.
Brother Nero Wants to End Versus ‘Taker – With Spandex
I don’t know how an obsolete deleted mule was interviewed without owner of the Hardy Brand, Broken Matt’s blessing, but Jeff Hardy told LA Weekly that he’d love for his last match to be against the Undertaker at WrestleMania in a Hell in a Cell, complete with a Jeff Hardy signature spot to end it all.
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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, twice over, following the close of last night’s Survivor Series pay-per-view spectacular.
The 2015 Survivor Series was an overall fun show with two hot opening matches followed by a frenetic tournament ending featuring a Money in the Bank cash-in. If I had any nits to pick, it would probably be that I wished more of the tournament was included on the pay-per-view. While some of us bemoan the lack of elimination matches on the card every year, removing it and a few other middle card bouts and focusing the show around the title, with the outstanding quarterfinal matches from Raw moved to this show, in conjunction with the Undertaker’s anniversary could have taken it from just a decent show to home run show. However, no matter what happens in the network era, you can’t beat the $9.99 price tag.
Let’s start with the biggest focus of the night, the big gold and jewel encrusted championship.
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